Good morning and Happy Tuesday to YOU! How is your week going so far? All is well over here. We spent most of yesterday getting back into the weekday groove and since I neglected my usual meal prep and grocery shopping on Sunday this past weekend, I ended up doing a lot of it yesterday, so I figured it might make a decent theme for a blog post since I always love seeing how other people figure out what they’re going to eat every week!
My morning began dark and early as usual. I woke up to the alarm at 5 a.m. and immediately headed into the kitchen to make myself a cup of coffee with whole milk and collagen to sip on while I cranked out some work. About 45 minutes later, I was ready for breakfast and dug into the vegan protein overnight oats I quickly threw together on Sunday evening. (Sorry for the lack of photos but I didn’t initially plan to recap my Monday on the blog and am SO out of the habit of snapping lots of food pics these days!) I ate as I continued to work, taking a short break to say goodbye to Ryan before Chase woke up a little after 7 a.m.
Once Chase was up, we went about our usual morning routine and got dressed upstairs before making our way into the kitchen where we both had a Paleo blender muffin topped with some peanut butter. Chase neglected about half of his muffin in favor of using his spoon (which he calls his “mooch” and we have no idea why) to scoop up some yogurt instead. While Chase and I ate, I took a few minutes to throw together a meal plan for the week and write out a grocery list.
- Monday: Slow cooker chicken thighs (I added chicken broth to my easy baked miso chicken thighs and it worked well in the crock pot!) with mashed sweet potatoes and sautéed Swiss chard
- Tuesday: Sheet pan salmon with roasted potatoes and green beans (Planning to share this recipe soon! I tested it a week or so ago and it’s awesome! I just need to photograph it, which I plan to do tomorrow.)
- Wednesday: Easy marinated pork chops with roasted fennel and beet salad (Salad recipe from The Performance Paleo Cookbook)
- Thursday: Ravioli with marinara sauce (Ravioli is Parla Pasta’s frozen spinach ravioli and it’s delicious!)
- Friday: Shrimp and grits (Recipe from The Performance Paleo Cookbook)
Workout + Play Date
We didn’t have too much time to waste after breakfast before we had to head off to the gym!
While Chase spent the next 45 minutes with his Burn Boot Camp childcare buddies, I went through a cardio workout with my girlfriends that included four one-minute rounds of the following exercises:
- Equalizer sprinters
- Grasshopper burpees
- Ladder in-and-outs
- Jump rope
- BOSU ball hop-overs
The workout incorporated some tuck jumps and v-ups in between rounds as well, so I was a sweaty mess by the end!
With my workout of the day d-o-n-e, it was time for toddler playtime! My friend Lauren and I took our little ones from boot camp straight to Gymboree’s open gym where they had a blast running around and climbing all over everything.
We said our goodbyes around 11 a.m. because I was determined to sneak in some grocery shopping before naptime. Thankfully Chase was in a great mood and had a blast driving the car cart at the grocery store. (Bless whoever invented those things!!!)
The trip was a smooth one and we made it home with enough time for me to unload everything and even throw together a frittata before Chase went down for his nap.
(Quick tip: I’ve had some of you guys complain that refrigerating frittatas makes them watery/gross the next day. I used to feel the same way but ever since I started putting a paper towel at the bottom of the glass container I use to store my frittatas, I’ve noticed it soaks up most of the liquid and makes the frittata way more appetizing! I also let it cool completely before refrigerating.)
Chase ate lunch in his highchair while I prepped the frittata and chopped a bunch of different veggies I’m planning to use in lunches and dinners this week. Once Chase was asleep, I grabbed a quick shower before sitting down to eat two pieces of the frittata I made along with a cup of blueberry Siggi’s yogurt and a pear for lunch.
As usual, I spent the rest of Chase’s naptime working, pausing briefly for a snack break of cheese and crackers and a golden milk latte.
Chase’s nap flew by, as usual. I can usually count on a two-hour nap (sometimes more if I’m lucky) from our little dude, but yesterday he was up after an hour and a half and ready to play. After snack for Chase, we headed out to a local park to have fun on some slides for a while before we spent some time exploring a nature trail. Our day rounded out with a trip to the library to return some books and check out a few more and as we were leaving, I received a call from Ryan who was on his way home from work. Perfect timing!
Our little crew headed out to a local park for some fetch with Sadie and Chase had a blast attempting to blow dandelions all over the place.
By the time we made it home, I was quite grateful most of our dinner was ready and waiting. While I sautéed some Swiss chard in a skillet, I pulled chicken thighs out of the crock pot and scooped some pre-roasted sweet potatoes out of their skins to mash with a bit of butter and cinnamon to serve on the side.
With dinner in our bellies, we were ready for some last-minute play time with Chase and Sadie before it was time to head upstairs for Chase’s nightly bedtime routine.
After Chase was asleep, Ryan and I did some quick straightening up around the house before making our way to bed.
We got in bed fairly early last night and I ended up reading later than I intended because I got sucked into my book. I started reading From Sand And Ash by Amy Harmon over the weekend and couldn’t put it down last night. I ended up finishing it way too late in the evening, but really loved the book. I’m dragging a little bit this morning and am hoping my cup of coffee kicks in soon because we have a busy day on the agenda!
I hope you guys have a great Tuesday!